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    DescriptionA NATIONAL BESTSELLER A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of how digital design is shaping society, for better and for worse. Informed by Lanier's experience and expertise as a computer scientist, "You Are Not a Gadget" discusses the technical and cultural problems that have unwittingly risen from programming choices--such as the nature of user identity--that were "locked-in" at the birth of digital media and considers what a future based on current design philosophies will bring. With the proliferation of social networks, cloud-based data storage systems, and Web 2.0 designs that elevate the "wisdom" of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and wisdom of individuals, his message has never been more urgent.


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    Title
    You Are Not a Gadget
    Subtitle
    A Manifesto
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jaron Lanier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 223
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307389978
    ISBN 10: 0307389979
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: UBJ, PDR
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    BISAC V2.8: COM032000, TEC052000
    Libri: ENGM4900, INTG4139
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    B&T General Subject: 229
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000, COM060000
    DC21: 303.4833
    BISAC V2.8: COM079000
    DC22: 303.48/33
    B&T Approval Code: A93130000
    DC22: 303.4833
    LC subject heading: , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A31303200
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: HM851 .L358 2011
    BIC subject category V2: UBW
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    02 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jaron Lanier is known as the father of virtual reality technology and has worked on the interface between computer science and medicine, physics, and neuroscience. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit the author's website at www.jaronlanier.com.
    Review quote
    A "New York Times, Los Angeles Times, "and "Boston Globe" Bestseller "Lucid, powerful and persuasive. . . . Necessary reading for anyone interested in how the Web and the software we use every day are reshaping culture and the marketplace." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Persuasive. . . . Lanier is the first great apostate of the Internet era." --"Newsweek" "Thrilling and thought-provoking. . . . A necessary corrective in the echo chamber of technology debates." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Mind-bending, exuberant, brilliant. . . . Lanier dares to say the forbidden." --"The Washington Post" "With an expertise earned through decades of work in the field, Lanier challenges us to express our essential humanity via 21st century technology instead of disappearing in it. . . . ["You Are Not a Gadget"]""compels readers to take a fresh look at the power--and limitations--of human interaction in a socially networked world." --"Time" ("The 2010 "Time" 100") "Lanier is not of my generation, but he knows and understands us well, and has written a short and frightening book, "You Are Not a Gadget," which chimes with my own discomfort, while coming from a position of real knowledge and insight, both practical and philosophical." --Zadie Smith, "The New York Review of Books" "Sparky, thought-provoking. . . . Lanier clearly enjoys rethinking received tech wisdom: his book is a refreshing change from Silicon Valley's usual hype." --"New Scientist" "Important. . . . At the bottom of Lanier's cyber-tinkering is a fundamentally humanist faith in technology. . . . His mind is a fascinating place to hang out." --"Los Angeles Times" "A call for a more humanistic--to say nothing of humane--alternative future in which the individual is celebrated more than the crowd and the unique more than the homogenized. . . . "You Are Not a Gadget" may be its own best argument for exalting the creativ